ACWA Comments on New PPIC Report

SACRAMENTO –Timothy Quinn, executive director of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), issued the following statement today on a new report by the Public Policy Institute of California, “Water and the California Economy.”

“The PPIC has provided another insightful look at California’s water challenges – this time from the perspective of long-term risks to our economy if we fail to address the growing uncertainty of our water supplies.

“The new report correctly recognizes that local and regional water agencies have made great strides in improving water use efficiency and mitigating the effects of periodic shortages. But as the report notes, many of the vulnerabilities facing our water system reflect physical drivers that are beyond the direct control of water managers, including droughts, floods, seismic risk and climate change.

“These issues, and the potential for catastrophic water supply disruptions and continuing uncertainty in the Delta and elsewhere, pose long-term risks to our economy that we simply cannot ignore. Water reliability and ecosystem problems in the Delta have been a long-standing concern for ACWA, and we have worked hard to raise the visibility of these issues through a variety of education efforts.

“Many of the actions recommended by the PPIC are consistent with ACWA’s policy principles and will go a long way toward reducing risks and improving water management decisions. We agree that it will take proactive leadership at all levels to end years of inaction on the tough issues and make sure California has the water system it needs for its residents, its economy and its environment in the future.”

ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 440 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit www.acwa.com.

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